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Motor Machinist's Mate First Class
Joseph* Paul Lamb

Ser. # 6244566


December 19, 1913 - November 12, 1944


Randleman Methodist Protestant Church Cemetery


Mount Lebanon United Methodist Church Cemetery

Randleman, Randolph County, North Carolina


Gold Star Mother

 Lula Moselle (Graves) Lamb


Motor Machinist’s Mate First Class J. Paul Lamb [December 19, 1913 - November 12, 1944] was born to John Franklin Lamb [October 3, 1890 - June 20, 1938] (gravestone gives June 27, 1938) and Lula Moselle (Graves) Lamb [ ___ __ , 1894 - January 14, 1924] at Guilford County, North Carolina.  He was Killed In Action on board the U.S.S. Achilles (ARL-41), a Navy repair ship, at San Pedro Bay (North-west end of Leyte Gulf), Philippine Islands during Leyte Island operations when a Japanese kamikaze aircraft hit the ship in the area where he was at.  He was first interred at the United States Armed Forces Cemetery, Santa Barbara #1, Philippine Islands, then transferred to Randleman Methodist Protestant Church Cemetery, (later renamed Mount Lebanon United Methodist Church Cemetery) for reburial. Besides his wife, Virginia Martine (Underwood), he was survived by his three sisters, Mary, Pearl and Francis Lamb.  At the time of his death Virginia was living in Bay City with her parents Martin (Mart) Luther and Jewel Mattie Underwood.  It is not known where his sisters were living.  His parents and paternal grand parents are buried next to him. Paul and Virginia joined the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City together on December 18, 1938 and were quietly married there by Rev. Ernest F. Deutsch on January 27, 1939.

 *Paul Lamb rarely used his given name Joseph. On his grave monument it gives J. Paul Lamb.



Mr. and Mrs. Mart Underwood of this city, announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Virginia Martine to Mr. J. Paul Lamb, the wedding to take place some time after the new year.


The Daily Tribune, Monday, November 21, 1938




Miss Virginia Underwood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Underwood of this city, and Mr. Paul Lamb, were quietly married, Friday evening at eight o’clock at the Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Ernest Deutsch performing the ceremony.


After a short wedding trip, Mr. and Mrs. Lamb will be at home to their friends at their apartment in the H. A. Verser home.


The Daily Tribune,  Saturday January 28, 1939




Three marriage licenses were issued by D. B. Hinton, county clerk, from Jan 25 to Feb 1.  They are:  Jack Wesley Marshall and Miss Belle Sewell; Paul Lamb and Miss Virginia Underwood; Seamon Hayes and Quenver Farris.


The Daily Tribune, Thursday February 2, 1939



Mrs. Virginia Martine Lamb, wife of Joseph Paul Lamb of the United States Naval Reserve, has just recently received a letter from the Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Achilles notifying her of the death of her husband. Joseph Lamb entered the service from Bay City.

Mrs. Lamb received the following letter―

U.S.S. Achilles (ARL-41), c/o Fleet Postoffice,
San Francisco, Cal., 11 December 1944

Mrs. Virginia Martine Lamb, Box 771, Bay City, Texas


Dear Mrs. Lamb:

It is my sad duty to inform you of the details surrounding the missing status of your husband, Joseph Paul Lamb, United States Naval Reserve.

On November 1944 we were anchored in San Pedro Bay Philippine Islands, in support of the operation of Leyte, where we were attacked by enemy aircraft. All hands were at their battle stations fighting the ship but one plane hit us causing a large explosion and instantly killing a number of men. Your husband was in the area where the explosion occurred. Immediately afterward no trace of him could be found, either aboard or in the nearby waters. As we had no positive proof of his death we were forced to report him as missing.

It would be cruel to hold out to you any false hope. And in view of the circumstances, it is my duty to state that we believe that he was lost. In keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy, he gave his life at his battle station in action against the enemy.

All of us that remain feel his loss. We extend to you our sympathy in the sacrifice you have thus made for your country.

Sincerely Yours, Converse O. Smith, Commanding

The Daily Tribune, January 3, 1945


Memorial services for Joseph Paul Lamb, who was killed in the Pacific theatre, in November, will be held at the Presbyterian Church, Sunday morning at 11 o’clock.

Paul Lamb, husband of Mrs. Virginia Martine Lamb of Bay City, entered the service from Bay City. He was on the U.S.S. Achilles, and was in the United States Naval Reserve. From the Commanding Officer of the ship, Mrs. Lamb received notification of the death of her husband. His death came as he was heroically doing his duty aboard ship and in line of duty an enemy shell exploded in his part of the ship.

The Daily Tribune, January 18, 1945


“Write this for a memorial in a book and rehearse it . . . lest we forget.”

Choosing the above words from Exodus 17:14 for a text, Rev. Ernest F. Deutsch of the First Presbyterian church delivered an impressive memorial sermon Sunday morning at 11 o’clock at services held in memory of Joseph Paul Lamb, who met his death as his ship, the U.S.S. Achilles, was supporting operations on Leyte during November of last year.

The local church was observing the first battle casualty of the war among its membership.

The Rev. Mr. Deutsch exhorted his congregation never to forget the courage of the American youths which has saved the world and has contributed to the advance of Christianity. “Were it not for this contribution,” he said, “religion would have been set back 1,000 years, even as the world would have been.”

He spoke of every blessing the home front enjoys, as a sacrament, in one sense, since it has been made sacred by the shed blood of American youth. “Let us not forget what the boys have paid for. Let us not call anything a luxury, or even a necessity. All that we have is their gift, made possible by their sacrifice.”

Mrs. Donald Wertz rendered beautiful and sympathetically De Koven’s arrangement of Kipling’s “Recessional,” accompanied by Mrs. Clara Mae Cochran at the organ.

Joseph Paul Lamb was represented at the service by his wife, Mrs. Virginia Martine Lamb, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Underwood.

Matagorda County Tribune, January 21, 1945


(Victorian ode in commemoration

of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee 1897)


God of our fathers, known of old,

Lord of our far-flung battle line,

Beneath whose awful hand we hold

Dominion over palm and pine -

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we forget - lest we forget!


The tumult and the shouting dies;

The Captains and the Kings depart,

Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,

An humble and a contrite heart.

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we forget - lest we forget!


Far-called our navies melt away;

On dune and headland sinks the fire,

Lo, all our pomp of yesterday

Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!

Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,

Lest we forget - lest we forget!


If, drunk with sight of power, we loose

Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,

Such boastings as the Gentiles use,

Or lesser breeds without the Law -

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we forget - lest we forget!


For heathen heart that puts her trust

In reeking tube and iron shard,

All valiant dust that builds on dust,

And guarding calls not Thee to guard.

For frantic boast and foolish word,

Thy mercy on Thy people Lord!



 Rudyard Kipling


First Presbyterian Church
Bay City, Texas
Vermont Red Marble Memorial
Baptismal Font
Donated by the families of Captain Philip Parker,
Private Jack White, Sergeant Robert Walker and
MOMM1c Paul Lamb.
Accepted by the church on December 18, 1945



Captain Philip H. Parker

Pvt. Jack W. White

Sgt. Robert W. Walker

Joseph Paul Lamb MOMM 1/c

On this Memorial Day we want to pay tribute to our beloved dead, our sons, who sleep in peace under the quiet sod or beneath the murmuring waves.


They are not dead; having died for freedom of mankind and with the love of God in their hearts, have found a new life. They are soldiers risen to the highest level, and they can become a living part of you and me--today, tomorrow, and forever.


In the destinies of men and in the glorious history of our nation their souls go marching on.

Because of them our lives will ever be free.


Because of them our great country will forever live, the exemplification of justice to all people under a real democracy.


Let us parents seek surcease of grief in this promise:


"Behind the dim unknown,
Standest God within the shadow,
Keeping watch over his own."


The Daily Tribune, Thursday, May 30, 1946


Mrs. Lula M. Lamb

At Her Home Near City


Mrs. Lula M. Lamb, aged 30 years, died at her home about four miles northeast of the city yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock , pneumonia being the cause of death.


Surviving are her husband, John F. Lamb, three small daughters, Mary, Pearl and Frances Lamb, a son, Paul Lamb, her parents, Mr. And Mrs. J. F. Graves of Randleman, three brothers E. N., J. L. and Frank Graves all of Guilford County, four sisters, Mesdames Alex McCaskill, J. W. Manner and R. F. Spivey of Greensboro and S. G. Robbins of Randleman. 


The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Randleman Methodist Protestant church and interment will be made in the church cemetery.


Greensboro Daily News, Tuesday, January 15, 1924

No obituary has been found for John F. Lamb who died June 20, 1938 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Lamb - Underwood Family Page

School picture of Virginia Underwood Lamb courtesy of Matagorda County Museum Archives.

Navy picture of Joseph Paul Lamb MOMM 1/c courtesy of First Presbyterian Church.


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